Assemblymember Cusick Announces Winners of the 2018 Total Fitness Challenge

November 20, 2018
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Staten Island On Monday, November 19th, Assemblymember Michael Cusick, D-Mid Island, hosted the Awards Ceremony for the winners of his annual Total Fitness Challenge. Founded by the Assemblymember in 2008, the Total Fitness Challenge is an Island-wide summer competition which encourages kids to stay active in the summer months through physical exercise and reading. The competition is open to all students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade.

As a lifelong runner and education advocate I believe its important for young people to stay engaged physically and intellectually all year long, Cusick said. Im encouraged to see so many Staten Island youths making the most out of their summers by exploring new worlds in books and in their own backyards.

Over 20 schools and nearly 300 students participated in this year's Challenge, which was graciously supported by Ocean Breeze Park & Athletic Complex, College of Staten Island, Fastbreak Basketball Center, Police Athletic League, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Kyle McAlarney, Varsity Coach of Moore Catholic High School, and many other members of our community.

This years winners were:

Kindergarten
1st Ryan Eidelstein - PS 38
2nd Abinashh Mahaparan - PS 29
3rd Nidhish Brabthan - PS 29

First Grade
1st Lithus Kajendran - PS 29
2nd Adriana Wong - PS 29
3rd David Frongillo - PS 29
3rd Charlotte McLaughlin - PS 29

Second Grade
1st Nadine Eidelstein - PS 38
2nd Gianna Pizzo - Our Lady of Good Counsel
3rd Ayasvi Pathirana - PS 29

Third Grade
1st Hailley Williams - PS 58
2nd Gurleen Sandhu - PS 29
3rd Sofia Barnes - Our Lady of Good Counsel

Fourth Grade
1st Alexandra Young - PS 8
2nd Chloe Kugo - PS 29
3rd Brian Badalanenti - Academy of St. Dorothy

Fifth Grade
1st Amanda Hernandez - St. Joseph Hill Academy
2nd Elizabeth Saada - PS 29
3rd Muhammad Haris - PS 29

Sixth Grade
1st Sabrina Banchetto - St. Charles
2nd Edward Cannon Jr. - St. John's Lutheran
3rd Johnathan Williams - IS 75

Seventh Grade
1st Michelle Eidelstein - IS 2
2nd Daniel Dyjak - Gateway Academy
3rd Jack Barnett - Academy of St. Dorothy

Eighth Grade
1st Kevin Eidelstein - IS 2
2nd Samantha Mocerino - IS 75
3rd Jack Badalanenti - Academy of St. Dorothy